Truck ploughs into Catholic pilgrimage, kills 16

A truck has ploughed into a crowd of Catholic pilgrims in Mexico, killing at least 16 people and injuring 30 others.

Some 200 people were taking part in a procession on the main street of Mazapil in Zacatecas state when the truck ran into them.

The dump truck “was apparently left without brakes and struck the crowd”, which was heading to a Catholic church, an official from the state’s civil protection agency said.

The truck driver fled the scene after the incident.

The pilgrims had been travelling to the San Gregorio Magno church in Mazapil since last Sunday as part of a celebration for a patron saint.

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